Dr Amy McPherson
Amy is program director (NSW) of the National Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools project. She also teaches sociocultural contexts, education policy and professional ethics as part of the Education Studies program in the School of Education and has previously been the Equity Initiatives Co-ordinator. Amy&rsquos teaching, research and scholarship emphasises philosophical and sociocultural theorisations of education. She works at the intersection of educational practices, theories, politics and ethics to develop analyses of normative dimensions of schooling that are contingent on contemporary social contexts.  She is particularly interested in the ways young people and children are positioned within these agendas for socially just outcomes.  Amy is member of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), the Australian Education Research Association (AARE) and a member of the Editorial Board of Global Studies of Childhood.
Her current work has three substantive areas schooling, higher education and teacher education. My research on schooling has included analyses of the role of wellbeing in schools, non-traditional educational spaces, parents engagement, ICT and the knowledge economy and the concept of &lsquoability&rsquo and the logics of educational inequality.  Her most recent project is on sustainability education and the cultural politics of water in Australia. Amy&rsquos work on higher education has been on the widening participation agenda &ndash chiefly  how aspirations for post-secondary education are taken up by young people as well as how access and transition to higher education can be supported by institutional cultures.  Related to this agenda is scholarship on the relationship between philosophy of education and teacher education, particularly development of teacher professional ethics that supports socially just outcomes for children and young people.
Scholarly Books (A1)
Laura, R. S., & Chapman, A. (2010). The Paradigm Shift in Health: Toward a Quantum Understanding of the Role of Consciousness in Health Promotion and Education. Maryland, US: University Press of America.
Scholarly Book Chapters (B1)
Chapman, A. (2014). Normative Dimensions of Wellbeing in Schools. In Rethinking Youth Wellbeing: Critical Perspetives. K. Wright and J. McLeod (Eds). London: Springer
Chapman, A., & Buchanan, R. (2012). Toward a Youth Culture POV: Alternative frames for understanding cyberbullying. In S. Saltmarsh (Ed), Rethinking School Violence: Theory, Gender, Context (pp 56-70). Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Laura, R., & Chapman, A. (2011). Can how we come to know the world disconnect us from the world we come to know? In E. Burns Coleman & K. White (Eds), Tolerance, Education, Curriculum (pp. 111-120). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers
Refereed Journal Articles (C1)
Ladwig, J. & McPherson, A. (2017). The Anatomy of Ability. Curriculum Inquiry. 47, 4, 344-362.
McPherson A. & Saltmarsh, S. (2017).  Bodies and affect in non-traditional learning spaces. Educational Philosophy and Theory.49, 8, 832-841.
McPherson, A. , Roberts, P. & Downes, N. (2017). Community perspectives and the politics of water in rural Australia: Rural-regional sustainability education in the Murray Darling Basin. Australian and International Journal of Rural Education, 27, 2, 1-15.
Chapman, A. Buchanan, R. & Mangion, A. (2015). Institutional statements of commitment and widening participation policy in Australia. Policy Futures in Education, 13, 5, 995-1009.
Chapman, A, Saltmarsh, S., Randall-Moon, H, Campbell, M & Drew, C (2014). Students in Space: Student Practices in Non-Traditional Classrooms. Global Studies of Childhoods, 4, 1, 39-47.
Saltmarsh, S., Chapman, A. Campbell, M & Drew, C. (2015). Putting &lsquostructure within the space&rsquo: Spatially un/response pedagogic practices in open-plan learning environments. Educational Review, 67, 3, 315-327
Buchanan, R. & Chapman, A. (2014).  The political ontology of cyborgs: Considering implications of posthumanism for education. Creative Approaches to Research, 7, 1, 7-20.
Saltmarsh, S., Chapman, A. & Barr, J. (2014). Preparing for parents. How Australian teacher education is addressing the question of parent engagement. Asia Pacific Journal of Education. DOI: 10.1080/02188791.2014.906385
Chapman, A. (2013). Imagining Hybrid Bodies: Implications of Posthumanism for Education .The Australian Educational Researcher. 40, 271-280.
Campbell, M., Saltmarsh, S., Drew, Chapman, A. & Drew, C. (2013). Issues of teacher professional learning within &lsquonon-traditional&rsquo classroom environments. Improving Schools. 16, 3, 209-222.
Chapman, A. & S. Saltmarsh. (2013). The Politics of Normative Childhoods and Nonnormative Parenting: a response to Cristyn Davies and Kerry Robinson. Contemporary Issues in early Childhood, 14, 1, 60-65
Chapman, A., Forster, D. Buchanan, R. (2013). The Moral Imagination in Pre-service Teachers&rsquo Ethical Reasoning. Australian Journal Of Teacher Education, 38, 5, Article 9.
Campbell, M. , Saltmarsh, S., Drew, C., Chapman, A. (2013). Issues of teacher professional learning within &lsquonon-traditional&rsquo classroom environments. Improving Schools, 16, 3, 207-220.
McPherson, A. (2017). Equity for School Systems: A philosophical discussion paper. Report prepared for the Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta
McPherson, A. (2017). Pathways and Admissions Programs for Initial Teacher Education at ACU. Report prepared for Professor Tania Aspland, Dean, Faculty of Education and Arts, ACU.
McPherson, A. (2017). Exploring Aspirations through SUIT: An evaluation of the Step Up Into Teaching Program. Report prepared for the Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta
Chapman, A. (2015). Unsporting Conduct: Understand Girls&rsquo Violence in Regional Netball. Report prepared for Newcastle Netball Association.
Chapman, A. (2014). Toward a semiotics of poltical emotions in classroom. Philosophy of Education Society of Australaisa. Kinsgate Hotel, Hamilton, New Zealand / University of Waikato, New Zealand. 22nd November - th 25th November.
Labone, E., Chapman, A. & Harris, J. (2014). The Janus Project: Retention and Success of LSES Students at ACU. Internal Report.
Chapman, A. & Buchanan, R. (2013). Educational purposes and the Melbourne declaration. Professional Educator, 12, 5, 25-27.
Labone, E and Chapman n(2013). A Supporting and retaining students from low-SES backgrounds: A multi-site case study of institutional support. NationalAssociation of Enabling Educators of Australia, Conference Melbourne 27th-29th November.
Chapman, A. & Ladwig, J. (2013). &lsquoAbility&rsquo and the (Mis)measure of Students. Philosophy of Education Society of Australaisa. Melbourne Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. 6th Decmber &ndash 9th December
Saltmarsh, S. &Chapman, A. (2012).  Haunted (school) houses: spectres of education in the age of accountability. 2nd Education Policy and Politics Workshop: Psychoanalytic theories, politics and education policy analysis. 22nd-23rd November, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Saltmarsh, S., Campbell, M., Chapman, A., & Drew, C. (2012). Learning and Teaching in Agile Spaces: A Pilot Study of CEO Parramatta Primary Schools
Chapman, A. (2012). Collaborating and coasting: Exploring student learning in &lsquonon-traditional&rsquo learning spaces. The Joint Australian Association of Educational Research and Asia-Pacific Education Research Conference, 2nd-6th December, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Saltmarsh, S., & Chapman, A. (2011). Invited symposium with Dr Jonathon Silin.  Invited address.  Macquarie University and Semann & Slattery, 2nd December, 2011.
Chapman, A., & Buchanan, R. (2011, December). Accountability frameworks in Australian education: Utopia or dystopia? Paper presented at the Educational Philosophy Society of Australasia Annual Conference, 1st &ndash 3rd December November, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ.
Buchanan, R. & Chapman, A. (2011). Utopia or Dystopia - A critical examination of the Melbourne Declaration. Paper presented at the Educational Philosophy Society of Australasia Annual Conference, 1st &ndash 3rd December November, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, NZ
Chapman, A., & Laura, R. (2011, September). Exploring the normative dimensions of emotional well-being in education settings: Finding a place for philosophy. Paper presented at the 3rd European Conference on Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health in Education Settings, 15th-17th September, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, UK
Laura, R., & Chapman, A. (2009, March).  Well-being in educational settings and why context counts. Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Conference Children&rsquos Spirituality. The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, 26th Feb &ndash 1st March
McMinn, L., Albright, J., Ellis, H., & Chapman, A. (2009, September). Making Educational Goals Sustainable. Paper presented at the 4th Biennial Equity Conference, 10th &ndash11th September. NSW Department of Education, Sydney, Australia.
McMinn, L., Holmes, K., & Chapman, A. (2009, July). Making Educational Goals Sustainable (MEGS): Building Home, School & Community Partnerships. Paper presented at the Pedagogy in Practice Conference, 21st-22nd July Newcastle.
Laura, R., & Chapman, A. (2007, November). The Growth of Educational Compuphilia.  Paper presented at The Second Annual European Conference on Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health in the Educational Setting. 29th November &ndash 2nd December, Tavistock Clinic London & the Department of Neuroscience, University of Naples, Italy.
Teaching and learning expertise
My primary goal as a lecturer and tutor is to convey to students a deep understanding and appreciation of the theoretical foundations of education, schooling, teaching and learning.  I enjoy teaching a wealth of subjects in the area of education foundations covering both applications and theoretical foundations. Since moving into tertiary education in 2008 I have taught several courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of the sociology of education, the philosophy of education, professional practice, and pedagogy. These courses include:
These courses include:
- Foundations of Education
- Educational Sociology
- Teacher Research Project
- Curriculum Theory
- Ethics and Professional Practice
- Quality Teaching in Secondary Education
- Development and Learning
Editorial Board - Global Studies of Childhood
Branch Editor - Phil Papers: Feminist Philosphy of Education
Member - Editorial Development Team, Educational Philosphy and Theory (EPAT)
Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA)
Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
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